Don’t Tread On Them

The Westport Tea meeting Monday night at the Westport Public Library received plenty of attention — before the event, and after.

Flying much lower under the radar was an event last month — also at the library — sponsored by the Fairfield County Committee of Safety.

According to their website, it is

a non-partisan, grass-roots advocacy organization active throughout the 50 United States.  Its purpose is to exercise the freedoms of speech, association, and petition guaranteed by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, in order to educate Americans about, and mobilize them for political action around, the fundamental principles of liberty and self-government set out in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

So far so good.  Now read on:

All too many rogue public officials in the General Government in Washington, D.C., have usurped powers never delegated to them by the Constitution, thereby violating their oaths or affirmations to support the Constitution, undermining the federal system, and depriving the States and the people of powers and rights reserved to them by the Constitution.

Recognizing the danger this situation poses, a majority of the States have reasserted their sovereignty through resolutions under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.  Although this a good first step, further action is necessary to enforce these declarations.

In particular, the States and the people must take firm control of the two most important powers of sovereignty: the Power of the Purse—through establishment in each State of an economically sound and constitutionally proper alternative currency based on silver and gold; and the Power of the Sword—through revitalization of the Militia of the several States along strict constitutional lines.

Committees of Safety intends, by means of peaceful mass grass-roots political activism, to restore the Power of the Purse and the Power of the Sword to the American people through their State governments.

Central to this plan is an Economic Security Bill through which each State can adopt an alternative State currency of silver and gold, managed and protected through a revitalized State Militia, in order to protect the State’s governmental finances, and eventually the State’s entire private economy, against a collapse of the Federal Reserve System.  The establishment of economic security is the necessary first step in a comprehensive strategy that aims at returning the provision of all “national security” to local control by the people themselves.

There are 32 members — or, as they call themselves, “Constitutional Activists” — in the Fairfield County group.  Their next meeting is Saturday June 26 (2:30 p.m.):  a showing of the film “Don’t Tread On Me:  Rise of the  Republic.”

The website says of the movie:

From the Tea Party Movement to State Legislators, the American people are drawing a line in the sand.  On what side of it will you stand?  Has the government our Founders created been forgotten by Washington DC?  Is a Patriot Uprising ready to capture the spirit of 1776?

“Don’t Tread On Me: Rise of the Republic” gives the viewer a look into the movements, mindset, and legislation that will catapult the “Great Restoration” into households across America.

The Committee of Safety will screen “Don’t Tread On Me” at the Westport Public Library.  No word from them yet on whether that’s an institution they’d also like to overthrow.

9 responses to “Don’t Tread On Them

  1. Deeply concerned.
    Thanks for this, Dan.
    Please stay on it.

  2. This is something to be concerned about, for sure. Hopefully, there will never be more than 32 members in Fairfield County. Not close enough for a majority government.

  3. Merely a lot of nonsensical rhetoric with little legal standing. Considering that most states would be flat broke if it was not for the federal government, I am not sure how they intend to “retake” their sovereighty under the tenth amendment. I honor their right of free speech but question their focus and avenue for change.

  4. Gary Singer

    Redneck, racist Westporters? Sounds like an oxymoron to me.

  5. Innocent Bystander

    With no offense intended, Mr. Singer, but I don’t understand your comment?? Is the inference that this movement is racist and “redneck” in nature? And such could never exist in Westport? I detest “labeling” and find it utililization lazy and sophomoric. Further, while I don’t agree with their protestations or avenues of redress (see above comment), I do believe they have a right to be heard. They factions are a byproduct of anger in this country and our culture as a whole is guilty of producing such extremists. I think we have to examine why there seems to be an emergence of these groups instead of just dismissing them with irrevalent labels.

  6. Gary Singer

    No offense taken, and I did go overboard. It was unfair to label the Westport group with the stigma of those that we saw at the many tea party demonstrations. I did see a lot of rednecks involved and heard a lot of muted racist overtones.
    And from groups of almost 100% white, Christian males.

  7. Innocent Bystander

    Yes, I agree. Not really sure the emergence is a result of having an African-American President or what? But they are certainly among us. I wasn’t aware that it was gender orientated but now that you mention it, very true. To repeat myself, I respect their right to speak their minds but beginning to doubt the existance thereof.

  8. Ignorance runs amuck.

  9. I am a Jewish woman raised by liberal Democrats right here in Fairfield County. I am the CT co-coordinator for Committees of Safety who hosted that meeting as well as the film at Westport Library. Someone needs to change their prescription because I’m the one being referred to here as Christian male and redneck speaking in racist overtones. Would you say the same about Naomi Wolf, who came to Westport Library to discuss the same issues?